The variety of the add-ons and customizations you are able to do to your drum set, or pit setup, is one of the best parts of being a drummer. You could add chimes and cowbells to your set, or even shakers and bells for acoustic settings.
If the music you are trying to play is something slow and smooth, you may need a nice set of chimes or effect bells with your drum set.
Perhaps you want something to pair with hand drums? A shaker or another rhythmic timekeeper may be a good choice. Do some research, listen to songs or artists with a similar style and make a list of what they use and select what you may need for your music.
This is the most fun and important part. While “accessories” is a very widespread term, be creative and think outside the box in terms of what you can use to broaden your sound and expand it in new and unusual ways.
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If you are looking to add accessories to your kit, you will still need stands, clamps and other hardware to attach them.
Don’t forget to buy the essential drum accessories like drumsticks. While percussion sticks and other equipment are easy to find, remember that not all sticks are created equal.
You might want to consider choosing a brand that can withstand the amount of playing you will give them. For example, cheap practice sticks will do the job for a while but you may want to invest in stronger ones if using them to play professionally.
Even if you’re just looking to use your accessories to add rhythm from the pit, or as a percussion line, you still are going to need a table to fit all of them while they aren’t in use.
While the brands are going to vary, if you know of a good dealer, feel free to ask for advice as well as doing your own research.
What to know about buying pre-owned or new Percussion Accessories
With some of the smaller accessories, there is rarely a big price difference between new and used. For almost all percussion accessories, it is best to buy new.
However, use your best judgment. By all means, look for a used version if there is something that you need to get cheaper. This is especially true with bells and accessories that may require hardware of some type to connect them to your kit.